The village of Hawkshead in the Lake District, Cumbria is extremely well known for it's strong associations with Beatrix Potter and all the wonderful stories she wrote. The village it's self is a lovely place to visit with shops, restaurants, pubs and interests of all kinds to suit all who visit.
Hawkshead is a very popular destination for people from across the globe and there is also the famous Tarn Howes where you can walk the whole circular path around the lake taking in some amazing views and see wild life like the red squirrel.
Hawkshead also has a Grammar School which last taught pupils in the early 20th century, counting the Wordsworth brothers as some of its more well known pupils, and it is now a museum open to the public.
.From the main car park in Hawkshead after passing a couple of shops, you will come across the Hawkshead Grammar School..
The Old Grammar School building in the village of Hawkshead, Cumbria, houses a unique collection of historic artefacts relating to the ancient School. Please stop and take a look, it is a very interesting building.
Turn into the corner of the court yard near the Methodist chapel and there is The Minstrels Gallery to stop and have a drink or something to eat and watch the swallows flying around.
Hawkshead Grammar School
Hawkshead Grammar School
The Minstrels Gallery
Beatrix Potter gift shop
St Michael & All Angels Church
Inside the church
Overhanging gables on Hawkshead cottages
Hawkshead town was originally owned by the monks of Furness Abbey. Hawkshead became a market town after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1532. The town played a major role in the local woollen industry breeding Herdwick sheep and this provided the Abbey with a great deal of wealth. After the dissolution of the monasteries, the local farmers were able to trade freely and the wealth of the town increased.
It was granted its first market charter in 1608 by King James I and each week about 20 pack horses would make the journey to Kendal by crossing Windermere on the ferry.
Hawkshead has medieval squares, narrow alleys with overhanging gables, gift shops and the Beatrix Potter museum where many of her original illustrations can be seen.
Standing high above the main square is St Michael & All Angels Church, thought to have been built in 1500 and is open to visitors.
Gift shops and Beatrix Potter Museums to visit throughout the town
Hill Top Farm at Near Sawrey was the home of Beatrix Potter and where many of her illustrations and stories were based.
The overhanging gables of the cottages and extremely well maintained gardens and planting around the village just give another great reason to come and see a very beautiful village.